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VIN CE Course MULT211-1017: Systems C: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core Examination Review
The lectures for this course will be presented as a combination of text and audio.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenters: Katherine M. James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Ellen Behrend, VMD, PhD, DACVIM
Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN
Julie R. Fischer, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine)
Milan Hess, DVM, MS, DAC
Susan Little, DVM, ABVP Feline
Course Open: October 26, 2017-January 21, 2018
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, and 14, 2017; January 4 and 11, 2018; 9:30-11:30 pm ET (USA)
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Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

*Some of the presenters for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend one of the Practice Sessions.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course will be open to veterinarians actively interested in an overview of small animal reproduction, fluids/electrolytes/acid-base, urology, nephrology and endocrine information. This course is the fifth of six modules in the Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core Examination review series. The MULT207-1014: Pathologic Basis of Disease and the MULT208-0215: Principles of Medicine courses are recommended prerequisites.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 22-30736)

Course Information:
The fifth of six modules in the Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core Examination review series, this course is designed to cover the pathophysiological basis of disease in small animals based on pathophysiological and discipline-specific concepts. Clinical examples will be used to illustrate these concepts.

The Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core Examination Review series of courses may be used as a comprehensive review for the ABVP examination for small animals. This series of courses repeats every other year. Individual instructors may change some of their material year-to-year, but much of the core content is repeated. It should be noted that these courses are not designed specifically as a preparation for test taking. The instructors do not have access to information on the question types. Furthermore, the questions used on the examination may be a few years behind the current knowledge and practice, whereas the course will strive to be more current. We recommend using the course to Week 1-2 (Real Time Session November 2 and 9, 2017): Urology
Presenter: Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session November 16, 2017): Fluids/Electrolytes/Acid Base
Presenter: Katherine M. James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

**** BREAK - November 23, 2017 ****

Week 4 (Real Time Session November 30, 2017): Nephrology
Presenters: Julie R. Fischer, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine)
Format: Text
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 5 (Real Time Session December 7, 2017): Canine Reproduction
Presenters: Milan Hess, DVM, MS, DAC
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 6 (Real Time Session December 14, 2017): Feline Reproduction
Presenters: Susan Little, DVM, ABVP Feline
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

**** BREAK - December 21 and 28, 2017 ****

Week 7-8 (Real Time Session January 4 and 11, 2018): Endocrinology
Presenter: Ellen Behrend, VMD, PhD, DACVIM
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Presenters:
Katherine James is a VIN consultant (Urology and Nephrology) and has a PhD in veterinary medicine with a focus on nutrition in chronic kidney disease from the University of Minnesota. She is a self-proclaimed sleep and nutrition geek. Her special interests are in the application of functional medicine principles to veterinary medicine and the study of clinical reasoning/cognitive errors in medical practice. She has personal experience with polysomnographic sleep studies, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, and oral appliance and CPAP therapies for obstructive sleep apnea. Her ongoing interests in nutrition include nutrigenomics, the examination of nutritional wisdom and myths with science, and the development of personalized nutrition to let "food be thy medicine."

Ellen Behrend received her VMD from University of Pennsylvania in 1988 and a MS in Biomedical Sciences from Colorado State University in 1994. She also received a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Auburn University. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Auburn University and a Consultant at Endocrine Diagnostic Service. She is also a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine subspecialty of Internal Medicine.

Joseph Bartges is a board certified internist and nutritionist with over close to 30 years of post-veterinary school experience including publishing over 400 peer-reviewed articles, review articles, abstracts, and book chapters. He is also editor of Nephrology and Urology of Small Animals and serves on editorial boards of 5 journals including the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He has formulated and balanced homemade raw diets and has performed and published research in this area. He has lectured at conferences, including international, on nutrition and on homemade and raw food diets specifically.

Julie Fischer received her DVM in 1996 from the University of Tennessee and her ACVIM (SAIM) diplomate status in 2000. She did a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 1999 from Kansas State University and a Post residency training in Hemodialys/Nephrology from University of California, Davis in 2002. She is currently a staff internist at Veterinary Specialty Hospital.

Milan Hess received her DVM in 1998 from Colorado State University. She did a residency and an MS in Theriogenology from VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She is currently a small animal reproductive specialist at Colorado Veterinary Specialists.

Susan Little received her BSc from Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia, Canada) and her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has been in feline practice since 1990 and achieved board certification in Feline Practice in 1997. She is part owner of two feline specialty practices in Ottawa, Canada. She is a past president of the American Assoc. of Feline Practitioners and International Council for Veterinary Assessment board member. She is a peer reviewer for veterinary journals as well as the author of many journal articles. Dr. Little is the recipient of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Assoc. Small Animal Practitioner Award (2010), the NAVC Small Animal Speaker of the Year Award (2013). And the International Society of Feline Medicine/Hill's Pet Nutrition Award for outstanding contributions to the feline medicine (2013). She is the editor and co-author of two textbooks: The Cat - Clinical Medicine and Management (2012) and August's Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, Volume 7 (2015).

Total CE Credit: 16

Tuition: Member $368 ($331 early bird special if enrolled by October 12, 2017)
Non-Member $512 ($461 early bird special if enrolled by October 12, 2017)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on November 3, 2017 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
Enrollment is closed.
  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
"This program (22-30736) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 16 CE Credits, with a maximum of 16 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Scientific, using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 797.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

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